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    Default DMR or Nexedge for Public Safety

    How many of you have moved or will move from analog to DMR or NEXEDGE. From my understanding (if all you need is conventional) DMR is the way to go and not P25. You can keep your frequencies (in fact you get two channels where you previously had one) coverage and battery life is better, maintenance is cheaper. The only downside I was able to find is that you cant use any grant money . Another bummer is that there are currently no DMR / Nexedge Pagers.

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    I recently read that we'll all be on broadband if the communications gurus have their way.

    That said, I'm not familiar with DMR as a technology - or is it a local vendor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    I recently read that we'll all be on broadband if the communications gurus have their way.

    That said, I'm not familiar with DMR as a technology - or is it a local vendor?
    Mototrbo is DMR (Digital Mobile Radio)

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    They are both forms of digital operating systems. Unfortunately some departments are using the narrowbanding requirements to make thier city/county leaders think that they now are required to go digital from analog when in fact that is not the case.

    That being said, every new radio we buy from here on out will be digital capable, just in case. There is absolutely no sense what so ever in going out and replacing your entire radio fleet with digitals right now, unless you just have the money to spend and/or your current radios won't narrowband, which most bought in the last 10 years will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by koechler View Post
    Mototrbo is DMR (Digital Mobile Radio)
    Ahhhh - Hadn't seen that set of initials before.

    What GTRider said.

    Eventually, one system will fall out as the standard.
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    There's a lot of information going around about the upcoming narrow-band requirements, and it seems like the people at Motorola are at the leading edge of telling customers that they need replacement radio systems, especially their semi-proprietary MotoTrbo (DMR) systems.

    There are a lot of satisfied Trbo customers out there, but there are a number of drawbacks, and in our line of work, interoperability is one of then. While the system reportedly has stout audio and other "nice to have" features like GPS tracking, you're not going to find pagers that are compatible. Furthermore, if you have members that rely on scanners to monitor traffic, at this time (and for the foreseeable future), it can only be monitored via computer software.

    While I'm sure that there are some out there, I don't know of any agencies that are using NEXEDGE for their communications.

    As far as getting one frequency for two, that's what narrow-banding is all about. You don't need DMR/Trbo/NEXEDGE for that - as previously stated, nearly every LMR system sold in the past 10 years is narrowband compatible. You can likely reprogram your current equipment without having to replace the entire infastructure.

    As far as better coverage, that's dependent on the number of towers, repeaters, frequencies, radio output power, and a number of other factors. Beware when a salesman promises "better coverage"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    ...you're not going to find pagers that are compatible. Furthermore, if you have members that rely on scanners to monitor traffic, at this time (and for the foreseeable future), it can only be monitored via computer software.
    In my experience, most agencies that have gone to trunking or other systems not compatible with current paging technologies have maintained (or obtained) a conventional analog frequency strictly for paging, if paging is required. Generally it's set up only to transmit when dispatch transmits, not to include incoming radio traffic.

    While such frequencies are generally required to go narrowband, they are otherwise identical to (and often the same) frequencies currently used for dispatch by those agencies.
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